Pierre Mohnen

Professor, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Dr. Pierre Mohnen is Professor of Microeconometrics of Technical Change at Maastricht University and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT (the Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology of the United Nations University). He is also an Associate Fellow at CIRANO (the Centre for Interuniversity Research and the Analysis on Organizations); a Senior Research Associate at the Sanjaya Lall Programme at Oxford University; an Associated Research Professor at ETH Zürich; and a regular visiting professor at Université de Paris II, Panthéon/Assas.

He was Professor of Economics at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) from 1984 to 2001, during which time he directed the graduate program in economics for four years. He has done consulting work for the OECD, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, and various Canadian and European government departments. For many years he has served on the advisory committee on the statistics of science and technology at Statistics Canada. He currently sits on the scientific board of ZEW (Mannheim, Germany) and Wissenschaftsstatistik gGmbH (in charge of the German R&D statistics), and the advisory board of the IHERD Programme at the OECD. In 2010, he was the President of the European Policy on Intellectual Property (EPIP) association. Through the United Nations University he regularly lectures on the design and evaluation of innovation policies in developing countries. At UNU-MERIT he coordinates the micro-based evidence research on innovation and technological change.

His research has been financed by various national and international research grants, including SSHRC and FCAR. He is presently involved in various projects financed by the European Commission. His research deals mainly with the measurement, determinants, effects and interrelationships of R&D, innovation, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), competition and productivity. He regularly addresses innovation policy issues such as the effectiveness of R&D tax incentives and R&D subsidies, and the complementarities in innovation policies.

Dr. Mohnen has an MA in economics from the Catholic University of Louvain and a PhD in economics from New York University.

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Other work in R&D:

The 2010 federal panel, chaired by Mr. Tom Jenkins, launched its report in October 2011, providing recommendations to the Government of Canada on how it can maximize the impact of the $7 billion it spends annually in support of business and commercially-oriented R&D.

The work of the federal panel focused on the effectiveness of federal programs whereas the Council’s expert panel will assess the overall state of industrial R&D in Canada.

Review of Federal Support to Research and Development